Tom Crilley

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July 20 , 2016

Meet The Conference Screen-Sharing Solution You’ve Been Waiting For

Do you remember the last conference presentation you attended that didn’t include a visual aid? Neither do we!

Conference CenterEvery good speaker has a captivating stage presence and a thoughtful visual aid to accompany their words. Whether it’s PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi or something else, the presenter almost always needs to share what’s on their laptop with the audience.

This presents a problem for the average convention center or conference room. Is the presenter using a Mac or PC? Does the room have compatible connectors and cables to display the presenter’s screen? How about wireless capabilities? Does the room have an Apple TV or a Chromecast?

With the Ditto screen-sharing service, presenters don't have to worry about any of that. Ditto makes screen sharing in conference rooms and meeting spaces simple and consistent.

What’s Ditto?
Ditto is a cloud-based service that brings unlimited and completely wireless screen-sharing capabilities to any room containing an Apple TV or Chromecast. It can be explained in two steps.

  1. Sign Up
    When you sign up for Ditto, the Apple TV or Chromecast in each room you are registering receives a unique connection code. How? Using our simple Ditto Configuration Tool. Trust us – you don’t have to be a tech genius to do this. We made the configuration tool to be used by the common professional. This configuration process is repeated for each room containing an Apple TV/Chromecast that needs registered.
  1. Begin sharing your Mac/PC screen
    After registering a room, sharing a Mac or PC screen to the Apple TV/Chromecast-connected display is easy. Anyone who needs to share their screen can simply visit connect.goditto.com and enter the unique room code. Since each code is tied to a specific Apple TV/Chromecast, it automatically knows which screen a user is trying to share their computer screen to.
    Ditto Connect Page July 2016After pressing “Launch,” Ditto will quickly save a one-time download to the user’s computer. Ditto will then give the user an option to either share their entire computer display or just a specific application (such as PowerPoint, an Internet browser, a photo app, etc.) to the big screen. When the user is done sharing their screen, they close the Ditto application and the one-time download is wiped from their computer.

Ditto is completely wireless. Presenters no longer have to fuss with those tangled, incompatible and confusing connection wires or cords often required to share content to the big screen. They also don’t need special software on their computer to connect wirelessly. That ability is built into the Ditto screen-sharing service.

Speaking of sharing content to the big screen, anyone can do it! A yearly subscription to Ditto is priced per room, not per user. Presenters, guests, employees – anyone – can immediately share their computer screen simply by entering the room code at connect.goditto.com because Ditto is completely unlimited.

Cross-platform connections
You may have realized this by now, but presenters are not bound by their computer brand in Ditto-powered rooms. Presenters using Macs can wirelessly share their screen to Apple TV OR Chromecast. Presenters using PCs can wirelessly share their screen to Chromecast OR Apple TV.

Presenters with iOS/Android phone and tablets
So what if speakers want to present from their iOS or Android device in a room that has the Ditto screen-sharing service? If Ditto is registered in a room with an Apple TV, then speakers can still present from iOS devices natively using AirPlay. If Ditto is registered in a room with a Chromecast, then speakers can present from Android devices and Chromebooks natively using Google Cast.

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The only perceived limitation is iOS devices in rooms with a Chromecast and Android devices in rooms with an Apple TV. This issue is resolved if the conference room or speaking hall has our Reflector AirPlay/Cast receiving software ($14.99) installed on an in-room computer. Reflector allows presenters to wirelessly display their Android, iOS and Chromebook screens onto a Mac or PC. If the Reflector-enabled computer is connected to an external display, the speaker can present from his or her mobile device.

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Questions? We’re happy to answer all of them! Leave us a comment in the comment section below or contact our sales team.

Or, to bring the Ditto screen-sharing service to your conference hall today, visit www.goditto.com.

July 18 , 2016

Ditto Screen-Sharing Service Adds Audio Support

The Ditto screen-sharing service now includes audio support in addition to its screen-sharing capabilities. Many users have been requesting this feature since the Ditto launch in early June. The addition of audio is rolling out for existing users over the next few hours.

Ditto for Windows Audio: No action needed. The next time you open Ditto, you'll be able to mirror audio along with video.

Ditto for Mac Audio: Requires the AirParrot 2 audio driver to be pre-installed on your Mac. If your Mac already has our AirParrot 2 desktop mirroring software, you don't need to do anything.

If your Mac does not have AirParrot 2, download the AirParrot 2 trial and open the application. You should be prompted to install the drivers. If you are not prompted, open the AirParrot 2 preferences, click the General tab and click “Install missing drivers” button. That will install the required audio drivers on your Mac to enable Ditto audio. The needed audio drivers will remain after the AirParrot 2 trial is over.

Enjoy the update! As always, let us know if you have any questions in the comments below or email support@goditto.com.

July 18 , 2016

Why Screen Sharing Is Now A Must-Have Feature In Common Rooms

Screen-sharing is now a must-have feature of common rooms and public meeting spaces. It’s 2016. Our entire lives seem to revolve around our computers, but computers are inherently personal. When it’s time to show friends, family or coworkers what’s happening on those little computer screens, our infrastructure always seems to fall short.

We created the new Ditto screen-sharing service to make sure that’s not a problem anymore.

It’s simple:

  • Any room that has an Apple TV or Chromecast can sign up for a Ditto subscription
  • Ditto assigns that room a unique code word
  • Anybody with a Mac or PC can instantly (and wirelessly) share their screen to the big screen by entering that code word into connect.goditto.com

Cross-platform connections

Believe it or not, Mac users can wirelessly connect to Chromecasts, and PC users can wirelessly connect to Apple TVs. And vice versa.

Unlimited screen sharing

Ditto brings screen-sharing to an unlimited number of users because a subscription to the service runs on a room-by-room basis, not a user-by-user basis. This eliminates the need to spend thousands of dollars on individual user licenses.

Wireless screen sharing

We mentioned that it’s 2016, right? Wires and cords are no longer required to share content to the big screen. Things we recommend doing with those old cables:

  • Cut them
  • Throw them in the closet
  • Fashion them into abstract jewelry
  • Bury them in a time capsule but never dig the time capsule up again

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Really, the list goes on. Just don’t use them to try to establish a restrictive, tangled, incompatible wire-based computer connection. Whew, onward!

Intuitive screen sharing

Are you in a building with multiple Apple TVs or Chromecasts? No problem! Ditto knows which Apple TV or Chromecast to connect your computer screen to the moment you enter the room’s code word at connect.goditto.com. So you don’t have to scroll through an endless list of AirPlay/Cast receivers and determine which one to select.

Full screen or app-specific screen-sharing

Upon connection, Ditto gives you the option to share your entire computer display or a single window/app to the Apple TV or Chromecast. This helps remove distractions and ensures that the other people in the common room don’t see anything they shouldn’t. Privacy matters!

Ditto Connection Table

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Any peer, guest or friend can walk into the shared common area and instantly show their Mac or PC screen on the Chromecast/Apple TV-connected display.

To bring the Ditto screen-sharing service to your common room or shared meeting space, visit www.goditto.com.

July 14 , 2016

A Workplace Screen-Sharing Solution For Small Business

The latest business technology is often designed or priced for large companies with big budgets.

But that’s not our style.

Meet Ditto
Our latest screen-sharing service, Ditto, is practical and efficient in any workplace environment. Even the smallest teams of business professionals will enjoy the ability to share their computer screens instantly, wirelessly and without the all-too-common confusion that comes with cords, additional software and long lists of AirPlay/Cast receivers.

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A meeting. A brainstorm. A touch base. A powwow. Call it what you want, but small businesses meet a lot. How do these professionals share the valuable data, documents and forecasts contained on their computer screens with everyone else in the room? There often isn’t a great answer for small businesses.

Cable and cord connections?
Bad. Using connector cords in your conference rooms is like using pencil and paper to write business documents. Cords have a tendency to be confusing, incompatible with a wide range of devices and they always seem to disappear from the conference room, don’t they?

Ditto is wireless.

Screen-sharing software?
While there are some good screen-sharing and streaming software solutions on the market, it often requires a larger budget and licenses for each individual user.

Permanent software requires routine updates from time to time. Ditto lives in the cloud, so it doesn’t take up computer storage space or require any user software updates, which is good because we know you all select “Update Later” every time anyway.

Don’t forget… no software management means no individual license management either!

How Ditto works
Ditto allows any employee or guest to instantly share their computer screen to any external display that’s connected to an Apple TV or Chromecast. When your business signs up for Ditto, each conference room or meeting space that has an Apple TV/Chromecast receives a unique Ditto room code. Anyone can instantly share their computer screen to the projector, TV or external display in the room simply by entering that code at connect.goditto.com.

Ditto Sign In

Yes, it’s really that easy.

Ditto is unlimited. Any employee or guest can use the service. If you have a client or business partner coming in for a meeting, that person can share their screen without needing special permissions or extra software to do it.

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Priced for small business
Ditto is priced to be a viable solution for both small and large businesses. It runs on an annual fee per room, not per user like most business software. At $149.99/year per room, Ditto costs hundreds to thousands of dollars less than alternative screen-sharing solutions.

See? Your small business isn’t too small for the latest technology. Get started with Ditto by visiting www.goditto.com. As always, feel free to ask us any questions or give us feedback in the comment section below!

July 13 , 2016

How To Record Pokémon Go Gameplay on iOS and Android Devices

Pokémon Go is dominating the gaming world and Blink 182 just released a number one album.  Let that sink in for a second, then take a moment to reassure yourself that you didn’t time travel back to 1999.

Pokémon Go, a new augmented reality mobile game for iOS and Android, has ignited deep-seeded nostalgia in an entire generation and picked up new fans on its way to becoming the most popular U.S. mobile game…..ever. In fact, Pokémon Go has already added BILLIONS to Nintendo’s market value (up more than 20 percent) and surpassed daily usage numbers for apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat.

So let’s ask the important question here. How do you record and share Pokémon Go gameplay from your iOS or Android device? Gamers and passive fans alike want to record their battles and catches to share with the world for bragging rights, tutorials and entertainment.

Reflector 2: Wireless mirroring and recording for iOS and Android devices
To record Pokémon Go, download Reflector 2 by Squirrels LLC. Reflector 2 is a $14.99 desktop software that runs on your Mac or PC. It acts as a wireless AirPlay receiver for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and a Cast receiver for Android devices.

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Once you begin mirroring, Reflector gives you the option to record the mobile device screen. Just click the “Record” button at the top left of the mirrored screen on your Mac or PC. The record option will be in the same place for both iOS and Android.

Check out a quick Pokémon Go video made using Reflector 2.

Once you are done recording, click “Stop” and choose where to save the mp4 file on your computer. If you would like, Reflector also allows you to mirror a live stream of your mobile device directly to a global or private YouTube audience so you can share your Pokémon Go gameplay instantly….while you’re playing the game.

Your mobile device and your computer must be connected to the same network in order to use Reflector 2. This is how your iOS/Android device “discovers” the Reflector software running on your computer. While it is true that your mobile device must be in range of your network, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Pokémon Go while walking around out in the world.

Using Reflector with a wireless hotspot
We realize that many Pokémon Go gamers visit local parks, monuments, college campuses and lakes to battle and catch their favorite Pokémon. If you would like to record Pokémon Go…on the go…all you need is a mobile hotspot. Many users  can simply use their "phone" as a hotspot by turning on the device's Personal Hotspot in the settings menu. Or, if you don't want to use your phone's monthly data plan, you can use a small external mobile hotspot.

Wirelessly connect your computer to your phone's hotspot (or if you have an external hotspot device, wirelessly connect both the phone and computer to it). This will allow you to mirror your mobile device to the Reflector software running on your computer, just as you would if you were indoors.

So if you're looking for an easy way to record all of your Pokémon Go action, Reflector 2 is the answer. Oh, and you can listen to that new Blink 182 album while you’re strolling through the park. But when someone asks you what year it is, remember that it’s definitely 2016.

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